"If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in His Father's glory with the holy angels."
You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. ~C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Early on in his ministry, Pastor Wallace shepherds a small flock, a congregation of fewer than fifty folks.
He is persuaded by a well-meaning associate to conduct an anonymous survey of the members to see where they stand on issues of faith. It will help, he is promised, to meet more specifically the spiritual needs of the fold.
The Monday after the survey is taken on Sunday, Wallace sits at his office desk to peruse the findings. Because the congregation is not large, the age-group range, he soon discovers, removes the anonymity of certain members. Allows him to know exactly who answered the questions.
And, more importantly, quite disturbingly, how.
The question that imparts the most distressing answers is as follows:
"Who do you say Jesus is? a) A good man, b) The Messiah, c) A good teacher, d) A liar".
A young man, the only member fitting the 18-25 age bracket, has attended this church along with his extended family since infancy. His answer? "A good man".
The oldest member of the congregation, the only one in the 75-85 range, who has attended this church for fifty years, answers, "A good teacher".
Wallace is shocked.
This is not at all what he expects to see. After preaching Jesus as Lord and Savior. Messiah. Sunday after Sunday after Sunday . . .
Because, to declare Jesus to be anything other than the Christ is to deny Him.
To call Him a liar . . .
Who do you say Jesus is?
Will you join me in prayer?
Never let us be ashamed, Father, to call Your Son, Jesus, our Lord and Savior. May we fearlessly declare His salvation to a hurting world in need of the love and redemption only He can give. Amen.
Psalms 69:1-23 (24-30) 31-38 or 73
1 Corinthians 12:12-26